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Marianne Krasny

Marianne Krasny


221 Fernow Hall

Marianne Krasny is a Professor and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, specializing in community environmental stewardship and environmental education in urban and other settings in the US and internationally.

Research Focus

As Director of the Civic Ecology Lab, I work with graduate students and colleagues to investigate engagement in and outcomes of grassroots environmental stewardship practices. I also conduct research on environmental education and online learning. My research is informed by and contributes to trans-disciplinary perspectives in social-ecological systems resilience, environmental learning, online communities of inquiry and action, and climate action. Current research projects include: social identity and civic ecology practices (PhD student Anne Armstrong), litter cleanups as civic ecology practices (PhD student, Bethany Jorgensen), impacts of global online learning platforms on environmental education practice, multicultural understanding, and climate action (Postdoc Yue Li, Extension Associate Alex Kudryavtsev, MS students Yueyang Yu, Mi Yan). All research projects integrate community engagement, often through global online communities. For example, I am investigating social influence on grassroots climate action through the Cornell Climate Online Fellows program in which I am guiding 35 fellows from 26 countries as they implement and assess climate actions in their social networks. I am also editor of an environmental education book series with Cornell University Press, which includes: Urban Environmental Education Review (2017, with A Russ); Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators (2018, with A Armstrong and J Schuldt); Grassroots to Global: Broader Impacts of Civic Ecology (2018); and Environmental Education Outcomes (January, 2020).

Outreach and Extension Focus

The Civic Ecology Lab: (1) supports community gardening, participatory watershed restoration, shoreline cleanups, and other locally-organized civic ecology practices with community and environmental outcomes; and (2) is a global leader in online and hybrid professional development for environmental and climate educators. To promote the work of civic ecology stewards and environmental educators, we facilitate online courses and communities that integrate research-based content, social networking, and hands-on projects adapted to local contexts. Our Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) on the Edge edX platform include: Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Education, Global Environmental Education, Urban Environmental Education, Environmental Education Outcomes, Climate Change Science, Communications and Action, and two new courses for 2019-20: Nature Education and E-STEM (a science education course focused on the environment). We also conduct an online climate action fellowship for global participants. Each year our online offerings engage over 3000 participants from over 60 countries. For updates, see

Teaching Focus

I have an active graduate program and will teach an undergraduate course called “Climate Solutions” starting in fall 2019. All my graduate students and academic staff focus on community-engaged research with local communities conducting civic ecology practices or global learning/action communities of environmental professionals and university students.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (2018) Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
  • MOOC--Civic Ecology: Reclaiming Broken Places (2016) Cornell
  • Public Voices Op Ed Fellowship (2015) Public Voices
  • Invited Plenary Address (2015) World Environmental Education Congress

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • Chestnut, D., & Krasny, M. E. (2018). Countering environmental gentrification through economic, cultural, and political equity: the 11th Street Bridge Park. p. 194-212 Krasny, M E (ed.), Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
  • Abhyankar, A., & Krasny, M. E. (2018). From Practice to Fledging Social Movement in India: Lessons from "The Ugly Indian". p. 231-248 Krasny, M E (ed.), Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.